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the ladies of laneway


This morning, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival announced their lineup for 2014, with the festival calling it their most ‘eclectic’ yet. The lineup spans genres, and includes first class hip hop, indie, electronic, rock, pop, alt and folk acts from around the world. So, in terms of supremely talented ladies, what’s on offer from Laneway? Read on to find out which female artists will be causing you set-time clash heartache this summer.


Some have said the 16-year-old Kiwi is this year’s Goyte. It’s now fair to say that Lorde is this year’s Lorde. Gone are the comparisons to anyone, as Lorde is quickly proving that she doesn’t sound anything like anyone else, and that’s a good thing. Her haunting voice (and THOSE eyes) have cast a spell on the US too, with Royals breaking Alanis Morissette’s previously held record for the longest run at the top of the Billboard Alternative Chart for a female. With her album Pure Heroine being released at the end of this month, there’s no telling how big the teen is going to be come Laneway time. Our guess is massive.


The Magic Dirt frontwoman released her second album this month, so she’ll have plenty of material up her sleeve come Laneway time. Nominated for countless awards and possessing a voice haunting enough to send shivers down even the straightest of spines, Adalita’s festival set is sure to come with that fiery energy we’ve come to associate with the intense, emotive performer.


The Californian sisters ( + drummer!) have had a strong year, and look to have an even stronger 2014, so the inclusion of them on the Laneway lineup is a smart one. Their ‘nu-folk-meets-90s-R&B’ sounds seems like it was made for the ears of summer-lovin’ Laneway-goers. They played Glastonbury this year, so it’s clear their live set is well and truly up to scratch, and with an album out later this month, it’s no doubt Haim will be one of the major drawcards of the festival.


The post-punk revival band’s Silence Yourself was released this year, and received critical acclaim, with our Lip reviewer calling it a ‘deeply urgent and necessary’ debut. This kind of reception is often a sure thing in terms of securing a Laneway spot, who have a reputation for seeking out only the best and the brightest. Their Coachella appearance was well-received, so good things are surely in store for us when they hit the stage at Laneway.

Hayley Mary of The Jezabels

The Australian four-piece is a festival favourite, and prove themselves a drawcard time and time again. While not exclusively female, front-woman Hayley Mary brings much of The Jezabels energy, with rich, strong vocals and a dynamic stage presence. The Jezabels are one of those bands you can see over and over and still be impressed with, so this is definitely a set we’re looking forward to at Laneway!

Lauren Mayberry of Chvches

The Scottish synthpop band is fronted by Lauren Mayberry, who is fierce and ultra cool. Her delicate, yet radiant stage presence is one of Chvches strong points (as well as the whole making amazing music thing!), so this will be one Laneway set that you’d be a fool to miss!

Laneway 2014 lineup

Autre Ne Veut
Cashmere Cat
Cass McCombs
Cloud Control
Danny Brown
Dick Diver
Earl Sweatshirt
Four Tet
Frightened Rabbit
Jagwar Ma
Jamie XX
King Krule
Kirin J Callinan
Kurt Vile
Mount Kimbie
MT Warning
Parquet Courts
Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)
The Growl
The Jezabels**
Unknown Mortal Orchestra**
Vance Joy
Youth Lagoon
**Exclusive to Laneway: no sideshows

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